Obama Speaks About Zimmerman Case: Says Treyvon Martin ‘Could Have Been Me’

Category: Media & Culture / Jul 19, 2013 4:02PM EDT

US President has commented on the case that has stopped and outraged a nation, the acquittal of George Zimmerman who killed unarmed teenager, Treyvon Martin: 

“First of all I want to make sure that I once again send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle's, to the family of Trayvon Martin and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity that they have dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they are going through and it's remarkable how they have handled it.

The second thing that I wanted to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday which is there are going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case, I'll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial on a professional manner, the prosecution and defense made their arguments, the juries were properly instructed that in a case that such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant and they rendered a verdict and once the jury has spoken that is how our system works. But I did just want to talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could of been my son, another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could of been me thirty-five years ago. And when you think about why in the African-American community at least there's a lot of pain with what happened here I think it's important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this through a set of experiences and history that doesn't go away. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they are shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who have had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a Senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breathe until she had a chance to get off. That happens often."